33:11 Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but prefer that the wicked change his behavior 1 and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil deeds! 2 Why should you die, O house of Israel?’
33:12 “And you, son of man, say to your people, 3 ‘The righteousness of the righteous will not deliver him if he rebels. 4 As for the wicked, his wickedness will not make him stumble if he turns from it. 5 The righteous will not be able to live by his righteousness 6 if he sins.’ 7 33:13 Suppose I tell the righteous that he will certainly live, but he becomes confident in his righteousness and commits iniquity. None of his righteous deeds will be remembered; because of the iniquity he has committed he will die. 33:14 Suppose I say to the wicked, ‘You must certainly die,’ but he turns from his sin and does what is just and right. 33:15 He 8 returns what was taken in pledge, pays back what he has stolen, and follows the statutes that give life, 9 committing no iniquity. He will certainly live – he will not die. 33:16 None of the sins he has committed will be counted 10 against him. He has done what is just and right; he will certainly live.
33:17 “Yet your people 11 say, ‘The behavior 12 of the Lord is not right,’ 13 when it is their behavior that is not right. 33:18 When a righteous man turns from his godliness and commits iniquity, he will die for it. 33:19 When the wicked turns from his sin and does what is just and right, he will live because of it. 33:20 Yet you say, ‘The behavior of the Lord is not right.’ House of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his behavior.” 14
1 tn Heb “turn from his way.”
2 tn Heb “ways.” This same word is translated “behavior” earlier in the verse.
3 tn Heb “the sons of your people.”
4 tn Heb “in the day of his rebellion.” The statement envisions a godly person rejecting what is good and becoming sinful. See D. I. Block, Ezekiel (NICOT), 2:247-48.
5 tn Heb “and the wickedness of the wicked, he will not stumble in it in the day of his turning from his wickedness.”
6 tn Heb “by it.”
7 tn Heb “in the day of his sin.”
8 tn Heb “the wicked one.”
9 tn Heb “and in the statutes of life he walks.”
10 tn Heb “remembered.”
11 tn Heb “the sons of your people.”
12 tn Heb “way.”
14 tn Heb “ways.”